There comes a time in every girl’s life when she is caught unprepared for a glamorous occasion. Let me paint you a word picture:
I was invited to a lovely friend’s house for the weekend, to catch up after my long stint overseas and celebrate her gorgeous little boy’s first birthday party. I planned on just wearing a nice pair of jeans, nothing spesh. However I soon realised that this party was no sausage-rolls-and-cake-around-the-dining-table situation. It was a big celebratory event at a function hall with a couple of hundred guests attending!
Cue panic yes? No. Because I have my 5 Minute Party Face routine down pat! All you need is glowing skin, a bright lip and sculpted brows. Here’s a step by step!
1. FACE- Base it. Start with a clean moisturised face (I have an oil-slick face which although distressing at times, actually helps with the aforementioned glow). I use Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light moisturiser and give it a second to sink in.
2. FACE- Illuminate it. Apply an illuminating serum. I am in love with these miracle products that contain light-reflecting pigments. Don’t get sucked in by the cheaper ones who think “light-reflecting” means “awful glitter.” Learn from my mistakes! I’m currently using the L’Oreal Youth Code Luminize serum, a gorgeous light liquid that deposits a subtle glow and keeps your skin feeling fresh. Also, my gal pal Rosie said it smells like rich people. She’s right!
3. FACE- Conceal it. Move swiftly on to concealer. I never wear a full face of foundation, but I always cover up pigmentation marks (picking at spots = a lifetime of regret) under my chin and on my cheeks. I swear by MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW47. It goes on like a dream and provides fabulous coverage. Sneaky trick- I use a slightly darker concealer (MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW50) for my chin- this is the darkest area of my face. I only use the lighter shade on the areas I want to highlight and bring out; under my eyes, cheekbones, etc.
4. FACE- Powder it. Just a couple of minutes left! My go-to, now and forever, will always be MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NW50. I know some people set their concealer/liquid foundation with loose translucent powder- but for me that involves dusting my entire apartment with it. Nope- I like it PRESSED and neat. A light dusting with a big old powder brush (buff the product into your skin for an airbrushed look) and you’re almost done.
5. FACE- Blush it. Zoom over to a nice warm blush shade for this look. I wanted a subtle shimmering pink so I went for an old favourite, MAC (are you starting to see a pattern here?) Mineralize Blush in Love Thing. It’s a lustworthy sheer pink with a golden hue. Swoon. Sweep it over the apples of your cheeks and in an upwards arc along your cheekbones. NEXT!
6. LIPS. Lipliner?! When you’re running late? Ain’t nobody got time fa dat. Slick on some moisturising lip balm (my fave is by an incredible natural Aussie skincare brand called MooGoo– check them out) and follow with a bright pigmented lipstick. For this look I used CoverGirl LipPerfection in Spellbound 325.
7. EYES. Since your lips and skin have been the focal point for this look, your eyes will only take you a minute tops. I grabbed my New York Colour eyeshadow quad in Union Square and smooshed (technical term) a bit of the lightest gold shade onto my eyelids with my pinky finger. Dab a tiny bit in the inner corner of your eyes as a highlight. Then take a soft black eyeliner like Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil and draw a line on the outer corner of your top lashline. Smoosh with the same pinky finger- this creates a bit of depth and a feline flick. Finish with a couple of coats of black mascara- my fave is Maybelline Volum’Express Cat Eyes. Final step- take a nice sharp eyebrow pencil (I use Rimmel in Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown) and fill in your brows, following your natural arch and using small, light strokes. Start from the outer end first and lighten the strokes as you get inwards- this creates a natural gradient effect.
And BAM- you’re done! Sling on a party dress (thank God I was fresh from the airport and had my entire suitcase with me), shake out your hair and proceed to the soiree!
So how did I do on my first makeup post? Did it make sense or are people running around with lipstick on their eyelids and their hair on fire? Tell me in the comments.